Science is increasingly demonstrating complex interactions among the human body and its interactions with food, exercise, nutrition, and the environment. This essential holistic perspective integrates biochemistry, psychology, sociology, and physiology of the obesity crisis in the United States. Explore how human physiology reacts to food and the environment and how the brains affects what and how much the body eats. This overarching vision can provide insight as to why some diets work for some people but not for others--based on genetics, previous weight history, brain chemistry, environmental cues, and social pressures. Integrate the issue of how hormones affect hunger and satiety and interact with the brain and the gut to regulate feeding behavior. In the context of addictive nature of foods that interact with the same dopamine and opioid receptors in the brain as cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and nicotine, further understand how gut microbiome influences food cravings, weight management and metabolism.
Master a comprehensive understanding of the causes, consequences, and management of adult and childhood obesity.
Assimilate the complex and holistic interactions among the human body and its interactions with food, exercise, nutrition, and the environment.
Exhibit a comprehension of how hormones affect hunger and satiety and interact with the brain and the gut to regulate feeding behavior.
Demonstrate an understanding how foods are addictive, in the context of dopamine and opioid receptors in the brain.
Recognize how human physiology reacts to food and the environment and how the brain affects what and how much the body eats.
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Continuing Education Info Professionally accepted for continuing education. View info. This course is also accepted by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and may be used towards the continuing professional education unit (CPEU) requirement for dietetic professionals (RDNs & NDTRs).